On May 4-5, PMCG in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a training activity in Almaty, Kazakhstan to prepare the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan for potential free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.
Over the two-day event, a capacity-building team led by Mr. Simon Lacey, Consultant at PMCG, conducted training sessions that brought together a total of 29 participants, with 8 to 10 representatives from each of the involved countries, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the substantive, procedural, organizational, and strategic aspects of trade negotiations, including e-commerce, investment-related provisions of FTAs, and trade in services. Moreover, the face-to-face format facilitated a collaborative learning environment, where participants could freely exchange their experiences.
The training also incorporated practical exercises to enhance participants’ skills. These included preparing for services negotiations, drafting non-conforming measures and reservations for investment schedules in FTAs, identifying regulatory gaps and stakeholders for e-commerce negotiations, and preparing for negotiations on digital trade.
The event, organized as part of the project entitled “Strengthening Knowledge and Capacities for the Design and Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Involving CAREC Countries,” marked a crucial step in strengthening the negotiating capabilities of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan in potential CAREC-wide FTA negotiations. By equipping government officials with the necessary expertise, the training aimed to enhance regional economic integration and promote increased trade and cooperation within the CAREC region.